“Philippines bury victims of typhoon Bopha
“Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:22:58 PM
“Davao City (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 22, 2012) – More than 200 corpses were buried in a mass grave on Saturday in Compostela Valley province in the southern Philippines, as the search for those still missing from the deadly typhoon Bopha still continues.
“The bodies were already decomposing and needed to be buried to prevent the spread of diseases in the town of New Bataan, one of the hardest hit by the typhoon that ravaged Mindanao on December 4. xxx”
From Agence France Presse
“300,000 still homeless after Typhoon Bopha: IFRC
“Some 300,000 people remain homeless in the Philippines following a deadly typhoon earlier this month, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday.
“The IFRC said urgent humanitarian assistance was needed to help around 200,000 of those affected by Typhoon Bopha — the deadliest storm to have struck the Philippines this year, killing more than 1,000 across the archipelago.xxx”
“Integrated approach pushed to rebuild Pablo-hit areas
“It (Minda)recorded a total value loss in production of P25.8 billion due to damages that cover total or partial destruction of physical assets existing in the affected area. Its monetary value is expressed in terms of replacement costs according to prices prevailing just before the event.
“Minda also noted the expected value losses of P9.6 billion for 2013, which cover employment (direct and indirect), businessmen’s income, losses from rental of lands and other related services.
“ “It bears to point out that the hard hit areas of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental are among the top producing agricultural provinces of the country, especially banana, coconut and other high value commodities,” according to Minda.
“It added that the next two to three years of rehabilitation and reconstruction will certainly need to have a strong focus on reviving the agri-industry strength of these areas to provide greater employment opportunities and catch-up growth.”